A smile can brighten up someone day’s and it can make yours a lot better too! So, smile more with these 20 top secrets for getting whiter teeth and a brighter smile. :D
1. Use a Teeth Whitening Kit
You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars on professional teeth whitening service as at-home kits like SNOW can do it all for a fraction of the price.
To understand why teeth bleaching kits like this are important, you need to understand the different ways your teeth can stain. There are two types of dental stains, known as extrinsic and intrinsic. The former occurs on the enamel and can be eradicated by brushing. The latter occurs underneath and can only be eradicated by bleaching.
In other words, proper brushing, a good diet and the other tips in this article can help to clean the enamel. But, if age, stains, medications, disease and many of the other factors involved with intrinsic staining have discolored the dentin underneath, only SNOW and other bleaching agents will help.
2. Brush Often and Brush Well
The average American brushes their teeth just once a day and for only 30 seconds at a time. If you want whiter teeth and better oral hygiene in general, you need to brush at least twice a day and for at least 2 minutes at a time.
Break your mouth down into four quadrants—upper right, upper left, lower right, lower left—and then spend thirty seconds on each of these.
Some electric toothbrushes will give you a signal to tell you when you have been brushing for thirty seconds to aid with this, others will signal after 2 minutes.
3. Use Mouthwash
If you are using a fluoride toothpaste then use mouthwash before you brush, not after! Make sure you don’t rinse with water after you have finished brushing. This is a very common mistake!
The toothpaste needs to remain on your teeth to do its job, and if you’re washing it away with water or mouthwash, it’s not doing its job.
Every time you brush you need to floss, making sure you remove those little bits of trapped food. You can use wired floss or a water flosser, but if you’re using a water flosser you may still need some wired floss to get into those tight gaps.
5. Clean Your Tongue
A dirty tongue may not have a direct impact on the whiteness of your teeth, but the bacteria that festers on your tongue can create an environment that is detrimental to your enamel and may increase the amount of plaque that forms there.
If you keep your teeth clean and use mouthwash regularly then your tongue should be relatively clean, but even then you may still need to brush it every day or every other day.
6. Don’t Smoke
Smoking causes many problems, from cancer to heart disease, lung conditions, and yellowed skin. It can also stain your teeth and damage your gums, making it difficult for them to heal and leaving your teeth weak and your gums diseased.
Oil pulling is huge right now. It basically refers to the process of swishing coconut oil around your mouth and then spitting it out, and it works, with some studies suggesting that it reduces oral bacteria by as much as 80%.
When compared with water, it has not shown to be any more effective, but this is not a bad thing. It means that the simple act of vigorously rinsing your mouth out with water can drastically reduce the bacteria in your mouth, which in turn can reduce plaque formation and improve overall dental hygiene.
8. Avoid Staining Foods and Drinks
Tobacco isn’t the only thing that can stain your teeth. Tea, coffee, wine and many other liquids and foods can do the same. You don’t necessarily need to stop consuming these things, but simply make sure you reduce your intake and that you brush shortly afterwards.
Some of the biggest offenders include:
- Balsamic Vinegar
- Tomato Sauce
9. Use A Whitening Toothpaste
A whitening toothpaste is designed to be ultra-abrasive so that it can scrub the plaque off your enamel and bring out the natural whiteness. They may cause damage if you use them excessively, so if you’re brushing more than twice a day then make sure you only brush once with one of these toothpastes.
10. Try Baking Soda
Whitening toothpaste can contain a host of chemicals, some of which may be causing you harm. If this worries you, then simply make your own toothpaste.
You just need a base of baking soda and water, to which you can then add everything from a mild solution of hydrogen peroxide to abrasives like rock salt.
11. Eat Fresh
Fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can work wonders for your oral hygiene as well as your overall health. As you chew you are constantly working your teeth and producing healthy enzymes, and because there are no harmful chemicals or refined sugars like you will find in processed foods, the damage done to your teeth will be minimal.
12. Drink Plenty of Water
Not only will drinking water help to keep your body hydrated, benefiting everything from your liver and kidney health to your energy levels, but it can also help to improve oral hygiene. By drinking more water you’re helping to keep the acidity levels down in your mouth, which can come from consuming everything from coffee to vinegar and more.
13. Deal with Your Reflux
If you suffer from severe acid reflux, a condition known as GERD, then it may be harming your teeth. For the majority of sufferers, the acid will not reach the throat, but in extreme cases it can pass the throat, causing dangerous levels of scarring and drastically increasing the acidity in their mouths.
14. Try Activated Charcoal
The jury is still out on whether this works or not, but there is a lot of positive anecdotal evidence out there and the signs are good. It’s safe and it’s cheap, so it’s worth a try at the very least.
15. Be Careful with Acidic Food and Drink
Apple cider vinegar is growing in popularity as a teeth whitening remedy and some sites are also recommending lemon oil and lemon juice. But while these things might help to kill some of the bacteria in your mouth, they will also hurt your enamel.
They are acidic, so it only makes sense. Anything that is that acidic should be used with extreme caution and while it is okay to drink or eat in moderation, it is not okay to rub against your teeth.
16. Use a Straw
One of the easiest ways to reduce the impact that sugars and colorants in drinks have on your teeth is to use a straw. This is great for soda, wine, cocktails, fruit juices and iced tea or coffee, bypassing your teeth completely while still allowing you to enjoy the drink.
17. Go Electric
An electric toothbrush really can make a huge difference. The commercials are not lying to you—most dentists do recommend them and studies suggest that they do clean better. It’s also easier to clean your teeth properly using an electric toothbrush, especially if you buy one that tells you when you are brushing too hard.
18. Know Your Meds
Certain medications can cause discoloration. Obviously, your health should always come first and you should not stop taking a medication just because you’re worried about your teeth. But you can discuss alternatives with your doctor or limit OTC use.
Medications that can cause discoloration including:
- Some Antihistamines (including Benadryl)
- Hypertension Medications
19. Keep Your Toothbrush Clean
Do not leave your toothbrush open and exposed next to the toilet. Fecal bacteria can (and will) make its way onto the bristles which means… well, you don’t need us to paint that picture.
20. Change Your Toothbrush
Millions of Americans use the same toothbrush or the same toothbrush head for years, even though the bristles have lost their strength and are starting to fall out. Not only is there an issue with bacteria (discussed above) but those bristles will no longer be capable of doing their job.
Change your toothbrush or toothbrush head at least twice a year, preferably more.
And, obviously, try Snow today!